Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in the Flint water crisis.
Residents’ tap water became tainted by lead. A legionella outbreak has been connected by experts to ruinous decisions that turned a river into the city’s water source in 2014-15. The indictment filed by the attorney general’s office is groundbreaking.
According to the state archivist, no governor or former governor in Michigan’s 184-year history had been charged with crimes related to their time in that office.
Snyder was in office from 2011 through 2019.